Video On Demand

Civics as a National Security Imperative: A Conversation with Secretary Bob Gates

September 21, 2021 • 2:00 – 2:30 pm EDT
This event was pre-recorded on September 2, 2021 and will be uploaded to this event page and available for public viewing on September 21, 2021.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and iCivics invite you to a conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the importance of civic education as a national security imperative. To meet today's challenges, Americans must rediscover shared values, relearn the fundamentals of our constitutional republic, and re-form a sense of civic identity and commitment to our communities and across the nation. Secretary Gates has had an illustrious career in the national security and academic spheres, and he will discuss how his various roles have informed how he thinks about public service and the importance of an informed and engaged citizenry as a matter of national security.

This conversation is part of iCivics' CivXNow Policy Summit that will take place on September 21 and 22. If you are interested in viewing the full summit, please register here:

To view related content from the CSIS 'Civics as a National Security Imperative' series please visit 

This session is made possible by Craig Newmark Philanthropies to CSIS. 

Event Partners

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Suzanne Spaulding
Director, Defending Democratic Institutions, and Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program

Robert Gates

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense